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Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) announcement on June 21, 2016, that the corporation plans to shut down Diablo Canyon in 2025 and replace its energy with renewables was a welcome surprise for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP). PG&E agrees with MFP and other environmental organizations that the energy from Diablo is not needed and that carbon-free renewables can provide replacement power at lower cost.
On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a Proposal to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant at the end of its current licensing period and to bring renewables on-line. There were a number of organizations that joined with PG&E to work out this plan: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, Coalition of California UtilityEmployees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) asks the California State Lands Commission (SLC) to delay approval of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) application for a new lease that would allow the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to use state tidelands until 2024 and 2025. SLOMFP asked the SLC to postpone making a decision on the lease for 30 days to allow comment on whether the SLC should prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed lease. Below is the Letter to the State Lands Commission.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) is pleased that on June 21, 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans to withdraw its application for license renewal for the two reactors at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. PG&E’s proposal secures a date certain for the final shutdown of the last nuclear plant in the state of California. Since 2009, when PG&E submitted its license renewal application to the NRC, SLOMFP has opposed the operation of Diablo Canyon on safety and environmental grounds.
California Senator Bill Monning has put before the California Senate SB 968. Mothers for Peace appreciates his intentions to prepare for the economic impacts of the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in the event that it goes off-line before its current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. However, in order to benefit the workers at the plant and the people of the central coast, we strongly suggest amendments.
Mothers for Peace asks the California State Lands Commission to require an environmental review of PG&E's request for new leases of tidelands adjacent to Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is one of 30 organizations going on record as opposing SB 968. That bill as proposed would focus on the adverse economic impacts to be expected when the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant shuts down. It fails to look at the advantages of plant closure or at opportunities for creating jobs by investing in more sources of renewable energy.
Thirty environmental, health and other organizations today announced their opposition to California state legislation that would mandate an analysis of purportedly negative – but not positive – impacts of shutting down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. In a formal opposition letter, the groups say SB 968 could amount to “a state- ordered piece of advocacy for forces pushing for Diablo Canyon to operate far beyond its original design and license life. This could have great negative impacts on California. We recognize that this is not the intent of the author or co- authors, but nonetheless conclude there would be serious unintended consequences of the bill.”
On August 6, 2015, the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected two Contentions from Mothers for Peace on the grounds that they were not timely. Attorney Diane Curran appeals that ruling to the Commissioners, asserting among other things that "Claims that are premature cannot be late at the same time."
MOTHERS FOR PEACE DEMANDS FULL CONSIDERATION OF SEISMIC ISSUES AND ENERGY ALTERNATIVES BEFORE RE-LICENSING OF DIABLO CANYON REACTORS
PG&E's attempt to disqualify Mothers for Peace's Contention EC - 1 should be denied because the Scheduling Order of the ASLB is still in effect. Omissions in PG&E's seismic studies of the Shoreline Fault result in a lack of understanding of the seismic risks to the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace presents arguments to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to show that PG&E's Severe Accident Mitigation Analysis inadequately considers seismic risks at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace asserts that the Commission is obligated to fully consider seismic issues and energy alternatives before license renewal of Diablo Canyon reactors
We encourage the NRC to include and explore the following topics in the scope of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Diablo Canyon: climate change, energy supply and grid stability, economic impact, earthquake risk and public health risk including increasing cancer and declining infant health.
Scoping Comments on NRC Environmental Impact Study required for PG&E license renewal application for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) is disappointed but not surprised by the recent Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) ruling. On August 6, 2015, the ASLB rejected SLOMFP’s new contentions opposing Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) application for license renewal of the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors near San Luis Obispo.
Milt Carrigan, supporter of Mothers for Peace, wrote Comments for the NRC meeting on Scoping for EIS, August 5, 2015
SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE’S MOTION TO FILE AMENDED CONTENTION C (INADEQUATE CONSIDERATION OF SEISMIC RISK IN SAMA ANALYSIS AS SUPPLEMENTED BY SHU-SAMA EVALUATION)
These Comments on Environmental Issues for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant License Renewal are submitted San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace. The Comments offer sufficient information to justify inclusion of the issues raised in the scoping of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be developed by the NRC.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is developing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed license renewal of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and is seeking public comment on issues to be covered by the report. Supporters of MFP are encouraged to consider speaking on any of the topics below - or other matters that concern you.